The Cape Cod Times reports on a home improvement contractor who took out hundreds of thousands of dollars from Cape Cod, Mass., customers and subcontractors and then fled the state. On July 7, Nicohlas Willoughby was arrested in Alma, Ark., and brought back for arraignment for seven open cases. Willoughby has pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny over $250 and larceny by a single scheme. Willoughby’s lawyers say that he didn’t flee from the home improvement projects, but was was going on an “extended vacation” with his wife.
According to the Cape Cod Times, Willoughby is facing upwards of seven or more charges for failing to show up for projects because the checks had bounced.
As the Cape Cod Times reports:
"In one case dated July 12, a homeowner from Brewster told police he signed a contract with Willoughby to do a $421,000 job. About $300,000 worth of work was completed and then Willoughby stopped showing up and was eventually fired, according to court records.
A woman from Chatham said he took $90,000 from her in May to put an addition on her house. He dug a hole in her yard and never returned, according to court documents.
A man from Harwich gave him a check for $37,000 to add a garage to his property. Willoughby never did the work, records show…
The prosecution had recommended $200,000 bail based on Willoughby's 69 prior arraignments, the fact that he is currently on probation out of Edgartown District Court and had left the state.
From 1999 to 2011, Willoughby was arraigned in 57 cases, all but two of them from Martha’s Vineyard, according to Edgartown court files.
These included 10 charges of larceny by check, three larcenies over $250, four larcenies under $250 and 14 charges of uttering false checks."